It’s been an eventful year for the tech industry. Bitcoins. Google glasses. The tablet explosion. Drone package delivery. 3D printers and much, much more. So much has happened in 2013, and predictions about 2014 show that coming year will be no less innovative.
Before we jump ahead into the New Year, let’s take a look back at five of the most exciting business technology trends of the past year.
1. Internet of Things
The Internet of Things (IoT) concept emerged this past year as more and more smart gadgets are being connected with the Internet, enabling people to view and manage these devices online. In 2013, these devices were introduced into our cars (to monitor driving performance and vehicle maintenance), our homes (smart thermostats and security systems, game consoles, and even web-connected appliances like washing machines), and in public.
2. Public and Private Clouds
As a majority of people start carrying Internet-connected devices and use up large chunks of data, they are increasingly turning to Cloud storage. Yet it seems more people are trusting of private cloud computing services to keep their data secure and private from their public Cloud environment. This trend was spearheaded by businesses seeking to better manage corporate data in the Cloud to protect it from increasingly connected devices and applications.
3. Big Data
Although still an emerging trend, big data is starting to make a big splash on ordinary businesses in light of the progress of personal devices, the merging of websites and social media into Cloud services, and the rise of the IoT. In the next year, businesses will undoubtedly be forced to move quickly to meet the challenge of storing, finding, and making sense of big data to stay competitive.
4. Desktops as a Service (DaaS)
Since this time last year, a record number of businesses and organizations have begun outsourcing suppliers for their Cloud-based desktop infrastructure—including the U.N. Traditionally, most enterprises stored their data in a self-contained repository, but DaaS gives businesses better adaptability and quality without requiring huge amounts of time or money.
Lastly, if 2013 can be boiled down into a single trend, then it is without question BYOD. The popularity of bringing your own device (BYOD) to work—such as smartphones and tablets—is something that nearly every organization has had to deal with. In fact, businesses have discovered that the BYOD trend can lead to productivity gains as long as it is managed appropriately.
Preparing for Your Company for 2014
With so many great changes behind us, and many more exciting innovations ahead, you need to make sure that your business or organization is ready to meet the challenges of 2014.
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